STEM Course Advisement

This page was last updated on April 2, 2020.

This page provides guidance on the prerequisite structure of precalculus and calculus classes for students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)  and Exercise Science majors.

Exercise Science Major

Depending on the Math Placement Category, this course sequence will begin either with ESM 1082, MATH 1081, or MATH 1082, and will be followed by MATH 1085, Discrete Mathematical ModelsEither one of these courses will fulfill the GE Block B4 requirement for your major.

Course overview:

  • MATH 1081 (Precalculus: Functions) is the first half of precalculus.
  • MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions, with lab) is equivalent to MATH 1081. It has exactly the same course content as MATH 1081, but also provides an integrated review of algebra skills needed in precalculus. 
  • ESM 1082 is the Early Start version of MATH 1082 with identical content, that is, it can be used in lieu of MATH 1081 for prerequsite and program requirements.
  • MATH 1085, Discrete Mathematical Models will introduce you to how the functions you learned about in MATH 1081 (or equivalent course) are used in the life sciences. You will also learn about discrete models.

Life sciences precalculus courses flow chart

To see course descriptions for the courses, go to ecatalog.calstatela.edu. For transfer information, see assist.org.

Biology and Microbiology Majors

Depending on the Math Placement Category, this course sequence will begin either with ESM 1082, MATH 1081, or MATH 1082, and will be followed by MATH 1085, Discrete Mathematical Models and MATH 2045, Life Sciences Calculus.  Either one of these courses will fulfill the GE Block B4 requirement for your major.

Course overview:

  • MATH 1081 (Precalculus: Functions) is the first half of precalculus.
  • MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions, with lab) is equivalent to MATH 1081. It has exactly the same course content as MATH 1081, but also provides an integrated review of algebra skills needed in precalculus. 
  • ESM 1082 is the Early Start version of MATH 1082 with identical content, that is, it can be used in lieu of MATH 1081 for prerequsite and program requirements.
  • MATH 1085, Discrete Mathematical Models will introduce you to how the functions you learned about in MATH 1081 (or equivalent course) are used in the life sciences. You will also learn about discrete models.
  • MATH 2045 is a combined calculus course that  covers both integration and differentiation and their applications in the life sciences.

Flowchart for Life sciences courses Bio majors

To see course descriptions for the courses, go to ecatalog.calstatela.edu. For transfer information, see assist.org.

Other STEM Majors

If you are a Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics major, then depending on the Math Placement Category, this course sequence will begin either with ESM 1082, MATH 1081, MATH 1082 OR MATH 1040.  Either one of these courses will fulfill the GE Block B4 requirement for your major. You may also place directly into calculus if you have taken any exam that gives course credit (see below) or have successfully completed the ALEKS placement during summer.

Course overview:

  • MATH 1081 (Precalculus: Functions) is the first half of precalculus.
  • MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions, with lab) is equivalent to MATH 1081. It has exactly the same course content as MATH 1081, but also provides an integrated review of algebra skills needed in precalculus. 
  • ESM 1082 is the Early Start version of MATH 1082 with identical content, that is, it can be used in lieu of MATH 1081 for prerequsite and program requirements.
  • MATH 1040 (Precalculus) combines MATH 1081 and MATH 1083 in a single semester.
  • MATH 2110 Calculus I
  • MATH 2120 Calculus II
  • MATH 2130 Calculus III

Note that your major may not require the full sequence, or may require additional math courses beyond calculus. Please check with your major advisor.

 

Flowchart Calculus sequence STEM majors

To see course descriptions for the courses, go to ecatalog.calstatela.edu. For transfer information, see assist.org.

 

Course Credit for Approved Exams (AP, CLEP, IB)

If you have taken the AP Calculus, CLEP, or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam, you may get credit for some calculus courses if you scored high enough.

AP Exams Passing score Earns credit for Semester units GE
Calculus AB 3 MATH 2110 (Calculus I) 4 B4
Calculus BC 3

MATH 2110 (Calculus I) and MATH 2120 (Calculus II)

8 B4
AP Calculus BC/AB Subscore 3

MATH 2110 (Calculus I)

4 B4
AP Statistics 3 MATH 1090 (Reasoning with Statistics) 3 B4

 

CLEP Exams Passing score Earns credit for Semester units GE
Calculus 50 MATH 2110 (Calculus I) 4 B4
College Algebra 50 MATH 1020 (College Algebra) 3 B4
College Mathematics 50 MATH 1000 (Introduction to College Mathematics) 3 B4
Precalculus 50 MATH 1040 (Precalculus) 6 B4

 

Note: Memo from chancellor's office says that scoring 50 or better on CLEP College Algebra: Trigonometry or on the CLEP Trigonometry exam earns 3 semester units. According to web, these exams were replaced by the CLEP Precalculus Exam in 2005.

 

International Baccalaureate Exam Passing score Earns credit for Semester units GE
IB Mathematics HL 4 MATH 2110 (Calculus I) and MATH 2120 (Calculus II)  8 B4

 

This information is current as of June 2016, but is subject to change. Please see the course catalog for the most up-to-date information.